Career Chronology: Ernie Irvan
- 1987: Debuted in the Winston Cup Series.
- 1990: Won the Busch 500 in Bristol.
- 1991: Won the Daytona 500 and Budweiser at the Glen.
- 1992: First triple win at Sonoma, Daytona, and Talladega.
- 1994: Wins another trifecta. First serious crash in his career.
- 1996: Wins the Jiffy Lube 300 and Miller 400. Second serious crash.
- 1997: Wins at the Michigan Speedway, known as his comeback race.
- 1998: Named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers.
- 1999: Retired from racing, with 15 career wins.
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Career Highlights: Ernie Irvan
- He made his Winston Cup debut on September 13, 1987 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway driving the No.56 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
- He won the prestigious Daytona 500 race in 1991 and the Budweiser at the Glen in the same year.
- Irvan is best remembered for his victorious comeback in 1997, after a serious injury at the Michigan International Speedway several years before.
- Just two years after his famed comeback, he retired from racing in 1999.
Biography: Ernie Irvan
Ernie Irvan, born Virgil Earnest Irvan in 1959, is a former American stock car driver. He began his career racing karts in California at the young age of nine years old, and he was second in the California Championship by the age of fifteen. The next year, he moved on to stock car racing and took the victory at the Stockton 99 Speedway in 1975. He won many races in Stockton, California in the early eighties. In 1987 he debuted at the Winston Cup, and soon began a series of victories throughout the nineties. He won his first Winston Cup race in 1990 at the Busch 500 at Bristol, and he finished that season out with three poles and six top-fives.
Irvan won the Daytona 500 in 1991, and took three more victories the following year. In 1997, he took the victory at the Miller 400 at Michigan Speedway, where he had crashed three years earlier and sustained serious head injuries. He officially retired in 1999, with fifteen career Cup Series wins on his record. He was named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998, and he has been inducted into numerous Halls of Fame.
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